The U.S. Marine Corps in the Vietnam War: III Marine Amphibious Force, 1965-75 (Battle Orders No. 19), by Ed Gilbert (ISBN 1-84176-987-8, OspreyPublishing, 2427 Bond St., University Park, IL 60466, www.ospreypublishing.com, phone 866.620.6941, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Softcover, 7 1/4" x 9 3/4", 96 pages, 51 black and white photos, 9 color maps, 29 charts, 2006, $23.95).
During the Vietnam War, the III Marine Amphibious Force (MAF) was a reinforced corps comprising two divisions, an air wing, and a division-sized logistics command. This book details the origins of III MAF; its component units and complex organizational history; its doctrine, training, and tactics; and its weapons and equipment. Actual combat operations are not emphasized in this series of books, and in this title only the most prominent campaigns of III MAF briefly touched upon. The author of the book, Ed Gilbert, comes well qualified, having served as a marine artilleryman and an NCO instructor in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and written several books on marine armor.—Doug Bister